What I Loved:
I really enjoyed jumping into this series again! I liked that I met new characters, but still had some of the ones that have been there from the start.
How I Felt:
I listened to the audiobook of The Devil and Dayna Dalton. My review includes my thoughts on the book overall, as well as the experience of listening through audio.
The Devil and Dayna Dalton is set in Bulwark, a small town filled with weird, paranormal happenings. The series connects characters using different times in their lives and in this book, we get to see Clay Finnes again. The main character in this book, however, was Dayna Dalton, a girl who has grown up under the shadow of her mother’s promiscuous reputation.
When Dayna spends the night with someone, it’s the talk of the town, as they all chitter-chatter about how she’s living up to her mother’s reputation. When her unrequited love of Clay Finnes, the married sheriff of Bulwark gets to be too much for her, she becomes pissed off and tired of taking crap from others. She’s on a warpath, but is interrupted by someone new. Who are they? Where did they come from? Dayna feels an ever-growing need to answer these questions and she gets a bit more than she bargained for.
The story had just the amount of spookiness that I have enjoyed from the other books in the Bulwark series! I liked that there were secrets that were revealed that I didn’t see coming. There were others that I suspected but still enjoyed seeing the reveals as they played out. I liked the personality that each character embodies in these books. They feel like people you would know in your everyday life. It makes their stories so much more interesting!
The narrator is Cathy McGowan, and overall, I thought she did a nice job. I wasn’t fond of the voice she used for Dayna’s mother, but other than that character, I enjoyed her reading of the story. She has a slow pace to her reading, which can always be changed in your audio app if you prefer a bit of a faster speed. She was very easy to understand, and she did a nice job with expressing emotion through her voice. I enjoyed listening to the audio version and would recommend it. The listening time was pretty short at 2 hours and 32 minutes, so it is a very quick listen.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend The Devil and Dayna Dalton to readers that enjoy a paranormal story with a bit of a spooky twist. This is the ninth book in the Bulwark Anthology Series, but I do feel that any of the books in this series can be read as a stand-alone. If you enjoy this book, however, I would highly recommend checking out the others in the series. Here are links to the two that I have read.
Bulwark by Brit Lunden
The Knowing by Brit Lunden
Where to Find This Book:
The Devil and Dayna Dalton by Brit Lunden is available at these sites.
Reporter Dayna Dalton’s reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother’s footsteps; never given a chance to prove she’s different.
Dana’s been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty. He’s happily married and unavailable.
Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening. Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love? *Contains Sexual Content*
Just the Facts:
The Devil and Dayna Dalton by Brit Lunden
Series: Bulwark Anthology Series, Book 9
Page Count: 126 pages
Audio Length: 2 hours and 32 minutes
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc
Pub Date: March 13, 2019
Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names.
Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town.
Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.